I’m frustrated that we often choose our churches in the same way that we choose our TV channels. Something seems wrong about that but how are we supposed to do it?
It’s a great question. I totally get the frustration. Maybe it seems wrong because deep down we intuitively know that Christ – who He is and how He acts in the world – is not subjected to our personal and private opinions. We recognize that Christ is absolute Truth (who is love), who stands above all private opinions, yet in our culture we regularly select churches based upon what we “prefer,” as well as where we feel comfortable. Further, given the *very* wide theological spectrum that exists in our culture, we pick and choose “our” theology, too. Some like a calvinist christ, others a christ that leads all believers to speak in tongues, and the list goes on and on. As such, we each create the christ we “prefer” all the while justifying such preferences with Scripture. It seems wrong because it is wrong. Instead, how wonderful would it be if we each contended for faith “once for all delivered to the saints” as it says in Jude.
Ryan! you totally caught what I was getting at. And now, how do we help people entirely shift their paradigm from what we’ve grown up believing?
It’s a great question. I have no clue. But so long as the paradigm remains, christian division will continue to compound, and many will be taught false doctrines and heresies, all the while believing them to be the truth about Jesus Christ. Our society could use a movement, of many moving towards and returning to the Apostolic Faith, and earnestly contending for it (in my opinion). What do you think? Personally, I think your questions are phenomenal ones.
Yeah, I think this is a question I will think about some more. Maybe I will try to alter it through prayer, and my writing. Thanks Ryan. If you come to any other conclusions, I’d love to hear. God bless!
All the best to you, Ross. Happy New Year!